|Nickname(s)||Les Lions Indomptables (The Indomitable Lions)|
|Association||Fédération Camerounaise de Football (FECAFOOT)|
|Head coach||Rigobert Song|
|Most caps||Rigobert Song (137)|
|Top scorer||Samuel Eto'o (56)|
|Home stadium||Olembe Stadium|
|Current||42 1 (20 July 2023)|
|Highest||11 (November 2006 – January 2007, November – December 2009)|
|Lowest||79 (February – March 2013)|
| Belgian Congo 3–2 French Cameroon |
(Belgian Congo; September 1956)
| Cameroon 9–0 Chad |
(Kinshasa, DR Congo; 7 April 1965)
| South Korea 5–0 Cameroon |
(Seoul, South Korea; 4 October 1984)
Norway 6–1 Cameroon
(Oslo, Norway; 31 October 1990)
Russia 6–1 Cameroon
(Palo Alto, United States; 28 June 1994)
Costa Rica 5–0 Cameroon
(San José, Costa Rica; 9 March 1997)
|Appearances||8 (first in 1982)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals (1990)|
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||20 (first in 1970)|
|Best result||Champions (1984, 1988, 2000, 2002, 2017)|
|African Nations Championship|
|Appearances||4 (first in 2011)|
|Best result||Fourth place (2020)|
|FIFA Confederations Cup|
|Appearances||3 (first in 2001)|
|Best result||Runners-up (2003)|
The Cameroon national football team (French: Équipe du Cameroun de football), also known as the Indomitable Lions (French: les lions indomptables),[a] represents Cameroon in men's international football. It is controlled by the Fédération Camerounaise de Football, a member of FIFA and its African confederation CAF.
The team has qualified for the FIFA World Cup eight times, more than any other African team, and four times in a row between 1990 and 2002. However, the team has only made it out of the group stage once. They were the first African team to reach the quarter-final of the World Cup in 1990, losing to England in extra time. They have also won five Africa Cup of Nations.
Cameroon is the first and, as of 2022, only African country to defeat Brazil in tournament play, besting them in the 2003 Confederations Cup and 2022 FIFA World Cup by identical 1-0 scores.
Cameroon played its first match against Belgian Congo in 1956, losing 3–2. They first qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations in 1970, but were knocked out in the first round. Two years later, as hosts, the Indomitable Lions finished third after being knocked out by their neighbours and future champions Congo in the 1972 Africa Cup of Nations. They would not qualify for the competition for another ten years.
Cameroon qualified for its first FIFA World Cup in 1982. With the increase from 16 teams to 24, Cameroon qualified along with Algeria to represent Africa at the tournament in Spain. Cameroon was drawn into Group 1 with Italy, Poland, and Peru. In their first game, Cameroon faced Peru and drew 0–0. They then held Poland goalless before a surprise 1–1 draw with eventual winners Italy. Despite being unbeaten, they failed to qualify for the second round, having scored fewer goals than Italy.
Two years later, Cameroon qualified for the 1984 Africa Cup of Nations, held in Ivory Coast. They finished second in their first-round group before beating Algeria on penalties in the semi-final. In the final, Cameroon beat Nigeria 3–1 with goals from René N'Djeya, Théophile Abega and Ernest Ebongué to become champions of Africa for the first time.
Cameroon qualified for the 1990 World Cup by surpassing Nigeria and beating Tunisia in the final round playoff. In the final tournament, Cameroon were drawn into Group B with Argentina, Romania and the Soviet Union. Cameroon defeated defending champions Argentina in the opening game 1–0 with a goal scored by François Omam-Biyik. Cameroon later defeated Romania 2–1 and lost to the Soviet Union 0–4, becoming the first side to top a World Cup Finals group with a negative goal difference. In the second round, Cameroon defeated Colombia 2–1 with the 38-year-old Roger Milla scoring two goals in extra-time.
In the quarter-finals, Cameroon faced England. After 25 minutes, England's David Platt scored for England, while in the second-half, Cameroon came back with a 61st-minute penalty from Emmanuel Kundé and took the lead with Eugène Ekéké on 65 minutes. England, however, equalized in the 83rd minute with a penalty from Gary Lineker, while Lineker again found the net via a 105th-minute penalty to make the eventual scoreline 3–2 for England. The team was coached by Russian manager and former player Valeri Nepomniachi.
The 1994 World Cup in the United States saw the adjustment of representation for African teams qualifying, from two to three. Cameroon qualified along with Nigeria and Morocco. In the final tournament, Cameroon were drawn into Group B with Sweden, Brazil and Russia. After a 2–2 draw against Sweden, Cameroon lost to Brazil and Russia sealed their elimination. In their last game against Russia, the then 42-year-old Roger Milla became the oldest player to play and score in a World Cup finals match. The team was coached by French-born Henri Michel.
The 1998 World Cup in France saw the increase of 24 to 32 teams, with Cameroon one of the five countries representing Africa. Cameroon were drawn into Group B with Italy, Chile and Austria. Despite drawing with Chile and Austria (after leading 1–0 against them until the 90th minute), a 3–0 defeat to Italy saw Cameroon finish bottom of the group. Cameroon had three players sent off in the course of the tournament, more than any other team. They also had the highest card count per game of any team, collecting an average of four bookings in each match they played. It was also during this tournament that a certain Samuel Eto'o was exposed to Cameroonians. He was the youngest player of the tournament alongside Michael Owen of England. The team was coached by French-born Claude Le Roy.
Cameroon qualified for the 2002 World Cup in Korea-Japan, clinching first place in their group which included Angola, Zambia and Togo. Cameroon were drawn into Group E alongside Germany, the Republic of Ireland and Saudi Arabia. Cameroon started with a 1–1 draw with Ireland after giving up the lead and later defeated Saudi Arabia 1–0. In their last game, Cameroon were defeated 2–0 by Germany and were narrowly eliminated by the Irish, who had not lost a game.
Cameroon started the 2002 African Cup of Nations competition with a 1–0 win over DR Congo. That was followed by another 1–0 win against Ivory Coast, and a comfortable 3–0 win against Togo. These results led Cameroon to qualify from the group stage to the quarter-finals as their group's winner. In the knockout stage, M'Boma's goal in the 62nd minute lifted Cameroon over Egypt 1–0. Cameroon would defeat hosts Mali 3-0 in the semi-final on 7 February on route to repeating as champions by edging Senegal 3-2 on penalties following a scoreless 120 minutes on 13 February, and thereby qualifying for the 2003 Confederations Cup in France.
There, the Indomitable Lions became the first African country to defeat Brazil, courtesy of Samuel Eto'o's tally in the 83rd minute of their opening match on 13 June. Cameroon subsequently defeated Turkey and drew the USA before dispatching Colombia in the semi-final. However, the latter was overshadowed by the sudden on-field collapse of Cameroon midfielder Marc-Vivien Foé in the 71st minute. Medics spent 45 minutes attempting to restart his heart, and although he was still alive upon arrival at the stadium's medical centre, he died shortly afterwards. An autopsy determined the cause of death to have been hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an hereditary condition known to increase the risk of sudden death during physical exercise. The Final on June 29 against France, consequently, became not about the game but rather an occasion for both teams and fans to honor Foé. France prevailed 1-0 following Thierry Henry's golden goal in the 7th minute of extra time, but abstained from traditional post-match celebrations. Instead, the tournament closed with one last tribute to Foé as Cameroon took a lap around the stadium holding a large photo of their fallen teammate.
In the 2006 World Cup qualifying round, Cameroon were drawn into Group 3 with the Ivory Coast, Egypt, Libya, Sudan and Benin. Cameroon led the group until their final game, when Pierre Womé failed to convert a late penalty. On 8 October 2005, Cameroon drew with Egypt 1–1 while eventual World Cup debutants Ivory Coast defeated Sudan 3–1, preventing Cameroon from travelling to Germany.
In Cameroon's 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign, the team was grouped with Gabon, Togo and Morocco. After a slow start in their campaign with a loss to Togo, the coach of Cameroon, Otto Pfister, resigned. Frenchman Paul Le Guen was appointed as the new coach after a draw against Morocco. Le Guen's appointment caused an uprise in Cameroon's spirits as they earned a win against Gabon in Libreville, followed by another win against the Panthers four days later in Yaoundé. One month later, they defeated Togo in Yaoundé by three goals. On 14 November 2009, Cameroon defeated the Atlas Lions of Morocco 2–0 in Fez in their last match of their campaign. Gabon was also defeated by Togo 1–0 in Lomé. Both results caused Cameroon to qualify for the 2010 World Cup finals, held in South Africa.
The Indomitable Lions were the first team to be mathematically eliminated in the 2010 World Cup, going out in their second group match to Denmark after losing 1–2, preceded by a 0–1 defeat to Japan.
Cameroon started the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations competition with a 1–1 draw to Burkina Faso, followed by a 2–1 win against Guinea-Bissau, and an unconvincing goalless draw against the hosts Gabon. These results were enough for Cameroon to qualify from the group stage to the quarter-finals, where they met Senegal in a close match that Cameroon won 5–4 in a penalty shootout after it had ended goalless in extra time. In the semi-finals, Cameroon met Ghana and won the match 2–0 to qualify to the final.
On 5 February 2017, and after a close match, Cameroon won the African Cup of Nations for the fifth time after defeating seven-time champions Egypt 2–1 in the final, by Vincent Aboubakar's late goal in the 89th minute of the match. As champions, Cameroon qualified for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia, where they were eliminated in the group stage.
Cameroon qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar via the away goals rule after defeating hosts Algeria 2-1 on 29 March 2022 thanks to Karl Toko Ekambi's winner in the 124th minute of the second leg of their CAF third round home-and-away tie with The Fennec Foxes. On 2 December 2022, in the final match of Group G, The Indomitable Lions made history by becoming the first African country to defeat Brazil at the World Cup. Vincent Aboubakar netted the contest's lone goal in the 2nd minute of stoppage time, and subsequently received his second booking and dismissal for removing his shirt during his celebration. It was the Seleção's first group stage loss since a 2-1 defeat to Norway in 1998 and Cameroon's first ever World Cup win since 2002. Cameroon failed to advance from their group, however, as they finished third behind Brazil and Switzerland, respectively.
The Cameroon national football team's tradition color is green shirts, red shorts and yellow socks, colors of the national flag.
Cameroon national football team had long-term partnership with Puma. Since 2022 it is sponsored by One All Sports.
Cameroon used sleeveless Puma shirts at the 2002 African Cup of Nations in Mali, which they won for the fourth time. FIFA, however, did not allow Cameroon to use the same kits as at the 2002 World Cup, and black sleeves were added to the shirts. The 2004 African Cup of Nations witnessed Cameroon again run into controversy regarding their kits. Puma had designed a one-piece kit for the Cameroon team which FIFA declared illegal, stating that the kits must have separate shirts and shorts. FIFA then imposed fines on Cameroon and deducted six points from their qualifying campaign. Puma argued that a two-piece kit is not stated as a requirement in the FIFA laws of the game. Puma, however, lost the case in court, and Cameroon were forced to wear two-piece kits, but FIFA subsequently restored the six qualifying points to Cameroon.
|Le Coq Sportif||1982–1987|
|Le Coq Sportif||2019–2022|
|One All Sports||2022–present|
Main article: Cameroon national football team results (2020–present)
The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Win Draw Loss Fixture
|23 September Friendly||Cameroon||0–2||Uzbekistan||Goyang, South Korea|
|15:00 UTC+9||Report||Stadium: Goyang Stadium|
Referee: Kim Woo-sung (Korea)
|27 September Friendly||South Korea||1–0||Cameroon||Seoul, South Korea|
||Report||Stadium: Seoul World Cup Stadium|
Referee: Alex King (Australia)
|9 November Friendly||Cameroon||1–1||Jamaica||Yaoundé, Cameroon|
||Stadium: Olembe Stadium|
Referee: Jean-Jacques Ndala Ngambo (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
|18 November Friendly||Cameroon||1–1||Panama||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
||Stadium: Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium|
Referee: Sultan Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)
|24 November 2022 World Cup GS||Switzerland||1–0||Cameroon||Al Wakrah, Qatar|
||Report||Stadium: Al Janoub Stadium|
Referee: Facundo Tello (Argentina)
|28 November 2022 World Cup GS||Cameroon||3–3||Serbia||Al Wakrah, Qatar|
|13:00 UTC+3||Report||Stadium: Al Janoub Stadium|
Referee: Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)
|2 December 2022 World Cup GS||Cameroon||1–0||Brazil||Lusail, Qatar|
||Report||Stadium: Lusail Iconic Stadium|
Referee: Ismail Elfath (United States)
|24 March 2023 2023 AFCON qualification||Cameroon||1–1||Namibia||Yaoundé, Cameroon|
||Stadium: Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium|
Referee: Redouane Jiyed (Morocco)
|28 March 2023 2023 AFCON qualification||Namibia||2–1||Cameroon||Johannesburg, South Africa|
||Stadium: Dobsonville Stadium|
Referee: Patrice Milazare (Mauritius)
|June 2023 AFCON qualification||Kenya||Cancelled||Cameroon||Kenya|
|Note: FIFA banned Kenya due to governmental interference in their Football Association |
|10 June 2023 Friendly||Mexico||2–2||Cameroon||San Diego, United States|
|19:00 (UTC-7)||Report||Stadium: Snapdragon Stadium|
Referee: Kimbett Ward (Saint Kitts and Nevis)
|12 September 2023 2023 AFCON qualification||Cameroon||v||Burundi||Garoua, Cameroon|
|--:-- UTC+1||Report||Stadium: Roumdé Adjia Stadium|
|Head coach||Rigobert Song|
|Assistant coach||Sebastien Migne|
|Assistant coach #2||Bertrand Njiguélé|
|Assistant coach #3||Augustine Simo|
|Goalkeeping coach||Souleymanou Hamidou|
|Fitness coach||Pierre Ngé-Ngum|
The following players were called up for the 2023 CAF qualification match against Burundi on 12 September 2023.
Caps and goals correct as of 10 June 2023, after the match against Mexico.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Fabrice Ondoa||24 December 1995||45||0||Auda|
|GK||André Onana||2 April 1996||34||0||Manchester United|
|GK||Devis Epassy||2 February 1993||9||0||Abha|
|DF||Nouhou Tolo||23 June 1997||23||0||Seattle Sounders|
|DF||Olivier Mbaizo||15 August 1997||12||0||Philadelphia Union|
|DF||Harold Moukoudi||27 November 1997||11||0||AEK Athens|
|DF||Christopher Wooh||18 September 2001||5||0||Rennes|
|DF||Malcom Bokele||12 February 2000||1||0||Bordeaux|
|DF||Oumar Gonzalez||25 February 1998||1||0||Ajaccio|
|DF||Enzo Tchato||23 November 2002||1||0||Montpellier|
|DF||Darlin Yongwa||21 September 2000||1||0||Lorient|
|MF||André-Frank Zambo Anguissa||16 November 1995||48||5||Napoli|
|MF||Samuel Gouet||14 December 1997||24||0||Mechelen|
|MF||Olivier Ntcham||9 February 1996||6||0||Samsunspor|
|MF||Gaël Ondoua||4 November 1995||6||0||Hannover 96|
|MF||Olivier Kemen||20 July 1996||3||1||Kayserispor|
|MF||Benjamin Elliott||5 November 2002||1||0||Reading|
|MF||François Mughe||16 June 2004||0||0||Marseille|
|FW||Vincent Aboubakar (captain)||22 January 1992||95||36||Beşiktaş|
|FW||Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting||23 March 1989||72||20||Bayern Munich|
|FW||Karl Toko Ekambi||14 September 1992||55||13||Abha|
|FW||Moumi Ngamaleu||9 July 1994||47||4||Dynamo Moscow|
|FW||Clinton N'Jie||15 August 1993||42||10||Sivasspor|
|FW||Bryan Mbeumo||7 August 1999||9||1||Brentford|
The following players have also been called up for the team in the last twelve months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Marcelin Mbahbi||21 January 2000||1||0||Gazelle||v. Mexico, 10 June 2023|
|GK||Simon Omossola||5 May 1998||2||0||Saint-Éloi Lupopo||v. Namibia, 28 March 2023|
|GK||Simon Ngapandouetnbu||12 April 2003||0||0||Marseille||v. Namibia, 23 March 2023 PRE|
|GK||Haschou Kerrido||2 June 1994||0||0||Union Douala||v. Jamaica, 9 November 2022|
|GK||Patrick Kibiyen||19 September 1998||0||0||Bamboutos||v. Jamaica, 9 November 2022|
|DF||Nicolas Nkoulou||27 March 1990||83||2||Free Agent||v. Mexico, 10 June 2023|
|DF||Collins Fai||13 August 1992||56||0||Al-Tai||v. Mexico, 10 June 2023|
|DF||Jean-Charles Castelletto||26 January 1995||18||1||Nantes||v. Namibia, 28 March 2023|
|DF||Bawak Etta||10 July 1994||2||0||PWD Bamenda||v. Namibia, 28 March 2023|
|DF||Flavien Enzo Boyomo||7 October 2001||0||0||Albacete||v. Namibia, 28 March 2023|
|DF||Enzo Ebosse||11 March 1999||3||0||Udinese||2022 FIFA World Cup|
|DF||Brandon Djoufack||21 December 1997||0||0||Bamboutos||v. Jamaica, 9 November 2022|
|DF||Houzaifi Youssoufa||8 August 1999||1||0||Coton Sport||v. Jamaica, 9 November 2022|
|DF||Saidou Ibrahim||4 June 2001||0||0||Fauve Azur Elite||v. Jamaica, 9 November 2022|
|DF||Yves Alain Moukoko||26 June 1990||1||0||Canon Yaoundé||v. Jamaica, 9 November 2022|
|DF||Alfred Benga||31 July 1986||0||0||Les Astres||v. Jamaica, 9 November 2022|
|DF||Yannick Joachim Noah||11 March 2004||0||0||Dragon Club||v. Jamaica, 9 November 2022|
|DF||Che Malone||23 May 1999||1||0||Coton Sport||v. Jamaica, 9 November 2022|
|MF||Pierre Kunde||26 July 1995||37||1||Olympiacos||v. Mexico, 10 June 2023|
|MF||Martin Hongla||16 March 1998||22||0||Hellas Verona||v. Mexico, 10 June 2023|
|MF||Jean Onana||8 January 2000||10||0||Beşiktaş||v. Mexico, 10 June 2023|
|MF||Jerome Ngom Mbekeli||30 September 1998||5||0||Beveren||v. Mexico, 10 June 2023|
|MF||Stève Mvoué||2 February 2002||1||0||Seraing||v. Namibia, 23 March 2023 PRE|
|MF||Carlos Baleba||3 January 2004||0||0||Brighton & Hove Albion||v. Namibia, 23 March 2023 PRE|
|MF||Joseph Iyendjock||29 May 2003||0||0||Union Douala||v. Jamaica, 9 November 2022|
|MF||Martial Zemba Ikoung||18 February 1999||1||0||APEJES Academy||v. Jamaica, 9 November 2022|
|MF||Djawal Kaiba||8 February 2003||1||1||Coton Sport||v. Jamaica, 9 November 2022|
|MF||Félix Oukiné||26 December 1999||6||1||RAAL La Louvière||v. Jamaica, 9 November 2022|
|MF||Valentin Beo Bato||10 October 1996||1||0||Colombe Sportive||v. Jamaica, 9 November 2022|
|MF||Louis Enjonaei Mbah||1 April 1997||1||0||Eding Sport||v. Jamaica, 9 November 2022|
|MF||Henry Paul Tchikeu||20 May 2000||0||0||Canon Yaoundé||v. Jamaica, 9 November 2022|
|FW||Stéphane Bahoken||28 May 1992||22||4||Kasımpaşa||v. Mexico, 10 June 2023|
|FW||Ignatius Ganago||16 February 1999||14||0||Nantes||v. Mexico, 10 June 2023|
|FW||Emmanuel Dikongue||3 January 1995||4||0||Canon Yaoundé||v. Namibia, 28 March 2023|
|FW||Georges-Kévin Nkoudou||13 February 1995||4||0||Beşiktaş||v. Namibia, 23 March 2023 PRE|
|FW||Danny Loader||28 August 2000||0||0||Porto||v. Namibia, 23 March 2023 PRE|
|FW||Christian Bassogog||18 October 1995||44||7||Shanghai Shenhua||2022 FIFA World Cup|
|FW||Jean-Pierre Nsame||1 May 1993||4||0||Young Boys||2022 FIFA World Cup|
|FW||Souaibou Marou||3 December 2000||3||1||Orlando Pirates||2022 FIFA World Cup|
|FW||Harisson Djonkep||8 April 2001||0||0||Eding Sport||v. Jamaica, 9 November 2022|
|FW||Patient Wassou||22 April 2004||1||0||Coton Sport||v. Jamaica, 9 November 2022|
|FW||Ebassa Emmanuel||22 August 2000||0||0||Renaissance||v. Jamaica, 9 November 2022|
|FW||Joseph Apam||31 December 1998||1||0||APEJES Academy||v. Jamaica, 9 November 2022|
|FW||Kemajou Dibani||12 April 1995||1||0||Bamboutos||v. Jamaica, 9 November 2022|
|FW||Ramses Donfack||18 October 1998||0||0||Coton Sport||v. Jamaica, 9 November 2022|
INJ = Withdrew from the squad due to injury
|1||Samuel Eto'o (list)||56||118||0.47||1997–2014|
|7||Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting||20||72||0.28||2010–present|
Main article: Cameroon at the FIFA World Cup
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1930||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1970||Did not qualify||2||0||1||1||3||4|
|1986||Did not qualify||2||0||1||1||2||5|
|2006||Did not qualify||10||6||3||1||18||10|
|2018||Did not qualify||8||2||5||1||10||9|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|1992||Did not qualify|
|2005||Did not qualify|
Main article: Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations
|Africa Cup of Nations record|
|1957||Part of France|
|1962||Not affiliated to CAF|
|1965||Did not enter|
|1968||Did not qualify|
|1974||Did not qualify|
|1994||Did not qualify|
|2012||Did not qualify|
|2019||Round of 16||13th||4||1||2||1||4||3|
|2023||To be determined|
|African Nations Championship record|
|2009||Did not qualify|
|2014||Did not qualify|
|Olympic Games record|
|Did not enter|
|Did not qualify|
|1976||Did not enter|
|1980||Did not qualify|
|1988||Did not qualify|
|1992–present||See Cameroon national under-23 football team|
See also: Cameroon national under-23 football team
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